GOLDEN, Colo. (February 7, 2018) - The No. 5 Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team fell 21-18 at Colorado School of Mines Wednesday in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual.
The ThunderWolves (6-7, 4-2 RMAC) wrestled with a modified lineup than what they went with at the RMAC Championships just four days ago. The Pack rested some student-athletes and gave some others an opportunity. In the end, both teams won five bouts, but more bonus point wins by the Orediggers (10-2, 4-2 RMAC) secured the victory.
CSU-Pueblo started with a win at 125, as RMAC Champion Josiah Seaton (Jr., Bonner Springs, Kan.) won in the first sudden victory with a takedown to secure the 7-5 win. The road team lost the next two bouts and trailed 9-3 before senior Jared Mestas (Pueblo, Colo.) recorded a 15-0 technical fall win at 149. CSU-Pueblo was victorious again at 157 with Kyle Fantin (Sr., Cave Creek, Ariz.) posting the 10-4 decision, then Gavin Melendez (So., Los Banos, Calif.) got it done at 165 with a 11-2 major decision.
Leading 15-9 the ThunderWolves lost the next three matches and trailed 21-15 heading to the final weight class. RMAC Champion at heavyweight, senior Cody Johnson (Broken Arrow, Okla.) won by a 5-4 decision, but it wouldn't be enough, as Mines took the dual 21-18.
The final dual of the season is set for Monday at New Mexico Highlands University at 7 p.m. The ThunderWolves' originally scheduled home dual Feb. 10 was canceled.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.